Two friends bring joy to others with their music and their presence

Scott and Rick on the deck of McBee’s Bar and Grill, Ogilvie, MN

Three years ago, on another blog, I introduced the ‘Keep Your Brain Active Challenge,’ concept with an aim to encourage others to stay active mentally as well as physically. Although the phrase has not [yet] become a popular jingle, I remain committed to talking about the importance of activity and the positive effects on the brain.

Over the past month, while I myself have been generally dispirited, in part due to a personal situation, I made an effort to meet with people who are noticeably immersed in inspirational levels of activity. In today’s post, meet Scott and Rick who impressed me with their engagement in social interactions.

Research shows that people who are regularly engaged in social interaction maintain their brain vitality. []

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Do You Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers?

Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 per WebMD

Most of us know that high blood pressure is a common condition that if untreated may eventually cause health conditions such as heart disease (Mayo Clinic), but how many of us know the following:

High Blood pressure is one of the factors which can increase the risk of Dementia, per study published in The Lancet, July 19, 2017.

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A Friend’s Response to My Summer Exercise Challenge

Thanks to my dear friend, Shelley, a fellow blogger, for submitting this humorous response to my earlier posts:

exercise challenge

I remember when……my siblings and I were self-proclaimed masters of the art of hoola-hooping! Not only could we rock the hoop back and forth around our waists, but we could rock, swirl, and twirl it just as well with other limbs, and on other body parts. Oh, yeah! Continue reading “A Friend’s Response to My Summer Exercise Challenge”

An hour or two at the lake

Pedal boating, Como Lake, St. Paul, MN

A gentle breeze blows over the rippling water redirecting its flow ever so slightly – west to east, north to south, and vice versa.

On the lake are boaters, canoeists, kayakers, and standup paddleboarders gliding along at their own speed sharing the water with ducks, fish and algae.

Fishers nonchalantly cast their lines from the wooden pier without regard as to catch or not, while onlookers gaze from the shore at the greenish water or at the blue sky above. Continue reading “An hour or two at the lake”

Stress and your brain


What stresses you out? Did you know that bad stress affects your body and brain?

A few days ago, I purchased a new mobile phone, and as I attempted to activate it, I could feel my frustration level disproportionately increasing with each click. Breathe! breathe! I reminded myself. Then I returned to the store and accepted the offer of assistance from the kind clerk.

This incident is insignificant compared to the daily stresses many people experience each day. Nonetheless, regardless of what one’s personal stress factors are, there’s no debate – stress disrupts our natural biological rhythms and can lead to unhealthy behaviors. Continue reading “Stress and your brain”

How Your Brain Works

One of the goals of this blog is to share some of the things we can do to keep our brain healthy as we age. Why do we need to do that? How does the brain work?


I turned to How Stuff Works online:

Every animal you can think of — mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians — has a brain. But the human brain is unique. Although it’s not the largest, it gives us the power to speak, imagine and problem solve. It is truly an amazing organ. Continue reading “How Your Brain Works”

Brain Games on a Rainy Day



When I was a child, away from the watchful eyes of adults, I often played in the rain. My siblings and I made puddles in the mud, innocently leaving tracks to be discovered by our parents the following day. On rainy days when adults supervised us, we were consigned to doing extra schoolwork indoors, playing board games or at a minimum reading a book. Continue reading “Brain Games on a Rainy Day”

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